Aggies Test No. 16 Stanford, Despite 2-1 OT Loss

Oct. 2, 2010

Final Stats

DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis field hockey team took No. 16 Stanford into overtime, but couldn't come away with a win, as the Cardinal captured a 2-1 win Saturday at Aggie Stadium in Davis, Calif.

After an early Aggie score from Nadia Namdari, a 1-1 tie at halftime carried over into a scoreless second half, before Stanford scored a golden goal in the 74th minute of overtime.  With the loss, UC Davis dropped to 3-5 on the season with a 0-4 mark in NorPac play, while Stanford improved to 7-3 and 3-1 in league play.

UC Davis controlled the action in the opening 10 minutes, out shooting Stanford 4-0 and holding a 2-1 advantage in penalty corners.  The Aggies managed to break free in the ninth minute, when Namdari scored her fifth goal of the season to give UC Davis a 1-0 lead.

Namdari was able to create a goal with her speed, streaking past the Cardinal defenders and getting around the goalie for an open cage score. 

Stanford took control of the possession from there, with 14 unanswered shots in the remainder of the first half.  The Cardinal finally converted on an opportunity in the 28th minute, thanks to a Katie Mitchell goal.

Mitchell's unassisted goal came on a rebound, for her second score of the year.  The Aggies held off the Stanford attack in the final minutes of the first half, to keep a 1-1 tie heading into the intermission.

The second half proved to be a stalemate, with neither team converting on a goal. The Cardinal held a slight 7-5 advantage in shots, while Lauren Sawvelle kept UC Davis in the game with four saves. 

Emily Mecke had one final shot in the closing seconds of regulation, but another Stanford save brought the game into overtime. 

Stanford continued to be the aggressor in overtime, controlling possession early on.  The Cardinal managed to convert on their first opportunity, using a Stephanie Byrne goal to take a 2-1 win.  After receiving a nice cross from Kelsey Lloyd, Byrne was able to score the game winner from close range.

Sawvelle played the entire game in goal for UC Davis, recording eight total saves.  For Stanford, it was Alessandra Moss who earned the win in goal after six saves.

Head coach Vianney Campos thought her team played well despite the loss, especially on the defensive end. 

"Our defense is our backbone," said Campos.  "Not just physically, but mentally they're our strongest players and best communicators.  They're going to play aggressive against anyone that they play, whether it's number one in the nation, or 16 or 100.  It doesn't matter to them, they're going to play the same way.  I think that's why they are successful and against strong teams like Stanford."

"Just like last weekend, this was a game where we did a lot of good things and we adjusted well in some areas," continued Campos.  "We hung in there with some of the country's best.  We're happy about how we played, but we definitely want to come out on the winning side of it."

UC Davis will be back on the road next weekend, playing three games in an east coast swing vs. Northwestern, Indiana and Ball State, starting with Northwestern on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m.